Fictional Character
"The Summer Garden"
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Kar V'Shem
Occupation: Merchant
Spouse: Dianora

Ansovald was a merchant in the town of Sennar in the Empire of Kar V'Shem. His wife, Dianora, was renowned for both her beauty and her kindness, and was courted by many men. However, Dianora was devoted to Ansovald, and he to her. With time, all of suitors moved on, save one: Sir Rand.

Determined to end his courting, but also unwilling to be cruel, Dianora pledged to give herself to Rand if he could produce a garden full of summer fruits and flowers in the middle of winter. She hoped that he'd find the pledge impossible, and move on to other loves.

Instead, Rand employed a mage named Portolis, who created the garden. When Rand sent his servant Fant with a basket of fruits and flowers to Dianora, she realized he'd made good on his oath; she now understood how Rand had fallen into poverty in the meantime. She consulted her husband, who advised her to tell the truth and ask Rand to release her from her pledge. Ansovald also told her that if Rand would not release her, honor demanded that she give herself to the knight. Ansovald assured her he would not hold this against her.

Dianora did as Ansovald commanded. While Rand was initially thrilled to see her, when she affirmed that she did not love him, and that her pledge was an attempt to dissuade him from further courting. Rand released her from her pledge and sent her home. She and Ansovald lived a happy life.

Literary comment[]

Ansovald is analogous to the character Giliberto from Il Decameron, decima giornata, novella quinta, by Giovanni Boccaccio.